Greens to celebrate United Colours of Pride

Besi Besemar August 25, 2012

The Green Party’s traditional Pride float will be decorated with a 7 metre rainbow flag and rainbow coloured biodegradable, air-filled balloons.

Local Funk soul diva, Matty Eeles, will be joining DJ Agent performing live on board.

The Greens will also have petitions on equal marriage and homophobic bullying in schools for you to sign.

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be on the float and  joined by Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, the South East’s Green Member of the European Parliament, Keith Taylor and several of the Green City Councillors.


Phelim MacCafferty

Cllr Phelim Mac Cafferty, Deputy Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council said:    

“I welcome the return to an international theme and when we march next Saturday, we need to remember that courts in Moscow have just banned gay pride marches for the next 100 years; that an adviser to the US Republican presidential candidate has compared being gay to being a drug addict; and that only a few weeks ago a ‘gay hate day’ was held in Cameroon.

“The Green-led city council has been proud to help Pride in many ways and we’ve also granted £11,000 to help 18 community groups participate and showcase their work at the event. Prejudice is sadly still alive and well in the furthest reaches of the planet, and sadly in our city. But this is what makes the history of Pride in our city incredibly important. I’m proud of the rich history of Pride in Brighton and Hove: here’s to another 20 years. On behalf of the Green Party, can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and sustainable Pride.”

Caroline Lucas, MP

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:

“A very happy 20th birthday to Brighton and Hove Pride!

“With the festival gearing up to celebrate its anniversary in style with a fantastic ‘United Colours of Brighton’ theme,  Pride 2012 looks set to be a great one. Over the past 20 years, this important tribute to the LGBT community has become a crucial part of our city’s cultural and political heritage and a powerful symbol of hope for those who still, tragically, do not enjoy the freedom to express their sexuality. I am very much looking forward to joining in the Pride festivities, proudly celebrating the richness and diversity of Brighton and Hove, and standing in solidarity with LGBT people here and across the world.”